We asked readers to write in and sum up or comment on the season. We meant the tennis season. Our email box is filling up with comments on the baseball season, or more accurately, the Red Sox season. We have one quote about the Red Sox and their fans, a quote that did not come from a reader, alas, that we'd like to pass along:
Doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
Our souls, whose faculties can comprehend
The wondrous architecture of the world
And measure very wand'ring planet's course,
Still climbing after knowledge infinite
And always moving as the restless spheres,
Wills us to wear ourselves and never rest
Until we reach the ripest fruit of all:
That perfect bliss and sole felicity,
The sweet fruition of an earthly crown."
The club's closing party, honoring Lucy Fowler, is close upon us: November 7, a Sunday. Mark the date on your calendars. Ooooh, we'll miss Lucy.
Last week the days were cold and wet and dark. We had drizzle and wind. Even the Iron Man, Rick Rose, cancelled some of his lessons. The season is ending, ya, but it hasn't ended. Folks are still frolicking on our courts, forsaking the pleasures of the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The courts close, technically, on November 15, although sometimes the frost gets into them and closes them prematurely.
Some of us hate to consider that the season is ending. But we'd like to ask our readers to consider the season and write something about it, a rhapsody, a eulogy, a joke, a jeremiad. Write something about the season and send it along to us. And we will try to post what you write, anonymously, gratefully. (We've received some good ones, but please, send items that are suitable for family viewing, and suitable for framing.)
Club member, Barbara Wiget, has sent along a piece suitable for framing. It is called Slow-Motion Tennis.
B.C. beat Notre Dame; Harvard is undefeated; Patriots are undefeated; and the Red Sox.... well, we'd like to give the last word on the Sox/Yankees to our old pal, Joe Ulam, like his father, a die-hard Sox fan but living behind enemy lines down there in NYC.
Katherine Kinderman died recently. "A memorial service will be held on Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in Christ Church in Cambridge. Her ashes will be spread in Cambridge and in Denver, where a second memorial service will be held Oct. 30."
(Here's a link to the Globe article.)
Racquet stringing returns to the club... by way of Mike Zaisser. Mike offers next day service, low prices, and professional quality work. Drop your racquet off at the club, or call Mike at 617 780-1907.
The Java Kid has been quick on the dare-we-say-it 'draw' and the tournament draws are available on-line (including all of the results):
Rick Rose's fabled doubles clinics are day-to-day. Call the club to see whether they are on or not. The clinics take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
We've had some requests to re-play this item: Club member, Craig Lambert, who is a writer and editor for Harvard Magazine has given us a stylish, pertinent piece on Tennis Communication. Give it a read.
Take a look
We are leaving previous tournament draws up. And again we'll offer our thanks to our Anonymous Friend, the Java Kid, for posting them and keeping them up to date.
And here's the saga of 2002's tournaments (so's we can compare and contrast):
And the saga of the year before (we're mighty fancy here, and mighty grateful to the Java Kid for doing all this work):
Here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.
And a club member (let's call him Sol) suggests a link to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The site is rich.
As noted,the CTC book for 2004 is available. Much of the information in the book may now be found here on the website. The information is current. The waiting list for membership, as well as a list of new members is up to date. That information can be found through the 'FAQ' page. The Activites Page (round robins, tournaments, etc) is also up to date. The Rules page is also up to date and we have been urged to urge our readers to "review the rules and refresh their memories on some of the finer points."
'Members', and' Reservation Requests' are not active parts of the site nowadays. 'Timelines' is for adepts.
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2003. From there you can see the whole of the Persistant Archive of last year's news.
Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.
Joe DeBassio, Webmaster
Website Note II: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so that you can read the news pages for the whole year (2004). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to the last issue of the newspage.